When comparing locks for bicycles there are two main factors: how sturdy the lock is and how easy it is to carry around. This includes the weight of the lock, the size when broken down into storing position and also how it mounts to the bike or whether it has to be carried in a pack separately. Another big factor is price, some locks can cost upwards of $100 but come with an insurance policy that will pay you back if the lock fails and your bike is stolen.
– Consider locking the frame of your bike directly to a permanent rack or pole and running a cable through the wheels and seat (and anything with a quick release)
– Chain locks take more time to cut through but are heavier and harder to carry, they also cost more
– U-locks work well and the smaller sized ones are harder to pry apart but also harder to use because the frame of your bike has to be right next to the pole or bike rack
– Cables are easier to cut than chains or u-locks but they are useful for securing a wheel or seat in addition to a u-lock
– Also consider how long you will be away from the bike and what the neighborhood is like when considering which lock to use
– Locks shown in the video include those made by Onguard and ABUS
– Make sure you lock your bike to a secure rack, thieves often steal the entire rack along with bikes attached